Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Decorator Show House opens in September

The Chesapeake Cancer Alliance is holding its regular Decorators' Show House at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Rd., in Bel Air Sept. 7 -22.

More than 20 local decorators and landscape designers have used their talents to restore Rockfield to a beautiful home. Special features include boutiques, decorator's sales and café. Doors will be open to the public starting Sept. 7 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m on Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $20, with money raised going to cancer fighting efforts.

Participating designers are: Rebecca Johnson, Rebecca Johnson Interiors; Terry Varner, Decorating Den; Billee Smith, Distinctive Décor, Jim Ryan, Simply Grande, Sherry Miller, Rooms With a View; Janice Kaiser, Greenspring Nursery; Genevieve Britton, Painted Ladies; Elle Ellinghaus, elle designs; Alisha Piterra, Styled Interiors; Jan Christenson, Antiques by Design; Susan Sheridan and Paula Simons, Country Garden Center; Kim Little, Greenwood Interiors; Donna Harthausen, Details by Donna; Nancy Maher, Painted Garden; Marty Christenson, Unique Tile and Renovations; Steve Formwalt, Simply Grand Events; The Carpenter's Daughter; Mary Poughkeepsie; and Steve Formwalt.

Rockfield, built in 1921, features Prairie Style architecture and the exterior facade is constructed of stone from the building site. Rockfield is surrounded by rolling lawns, stately trees, a walking path and beautiful gardens. The property also includes a bank barn, a caretaker's cottage which showcases local art by the Harford Artist Association and a new flagstone patio with fountain. The Town of Bel Air purchased the home and 5.4 acres in 1996 and it is now used for formal and informal events. The show house not wheel chair accessible. Children under 10 and infants are not admitted.

Chesapeake Cancer Alliance is a non-profit, volunteer organization which raises money for Upper Chesapeake Health's Cancer LifeNet services. These services include education, counseling, support groups and alternative therapies which are free to cancer patients in Harford County and western Cecil County.

Tickets are available at the door, and also are sold at Preston's Stationery, Greenspring Nursery (Jarrettsville), Simplicity Antique Boutique (Havre de Grace) and Lavish Salon (Fallston) and Havre de Grace Visitor's Center. For information, call 410-838-3987, 410-937-8369 or visit

A preview gala is planned Friday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the house. The event includes a tour of the manor home, cocktails, dinner and music. For reservation information, call 410-838-3987.

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